Protesters Say Southern Baptist Collegiate Church-Planting Lacks Diversity

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- In Harrisonburg on Wednesday a group was protesting what they believe is racial exclusion on college campuses across America, specifically the Southern Baptist Convention's Collegiate Church Planting Collaborative. The protesters said the group excludes students from historically black colleges and universities in its mission work on college campuses across America.

Rev. Gregory Drumwright, who organized the protest, said about the Southern Baptist Convention, "Their collegiate planting mission is not diverse, and we're here to bring a light to that, and bring that conversation forward." "We wanted to engage our activism to bring these issues to light and to engage a conversation."

The protest was at Baptist Collegiate Ministries located at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Main Street near JMU. Baptist Collegiate Ministries said they have no affiliation with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and were just going to rent out the building for them to use.